Afrisam opens third rail-to-road depot in Port Elizabeth

OCTOBER 9, 2014

Southern Africa’s leading black-controlled construction materials company AfriSam plans to increase its market share in the Eastern Cape with the opening of a third rail-to-road depot in the province.

The third facility will be in Markman Industrial, Port Elizabeth and will supplement the existing depots in East London and Queenstown.

AfriSam signed a lease agreement with the Coega Development Corporation in October 2010 for the construction of a cementitious milling and blending plant in Zone 5 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone.

The CDC said at the time that the plant would have a production capacity of 740 000 tons a year which would supplement the company’s existing supply of cement to the Eastern Cape market.

According to a report on Cement.TV, the new deport at Markman, which will be serviced by its own rail siding, incorporates a 1 000-ton bulk cement silo capacity and a 3 600-ton bag holding capacity.

Cement.TV quotes AfriSam sales and marketing executive Grant Neser as saying that the provision of a third fully-fledged rail-to-road service was the most cost-effective way of providing the required service.

“The 1.8 hectare site will ensure that we have adequate bulk capacity to support customers using bulk cement around Port Elizabeth.”

Neser added that the company had also increased bulk capacity in both the Queenstown and East London depots. - metrominutes


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